Australian Parliament Passes Upgraded Interactive Gambling Bill

The Australian parliament has today passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, after the Senate accepted lower house restructuring of changes it imposed in March.

The upgrade to the archaic Interactive Gambling Act 2001 clarifies and strengthens regulatory powers and scope, and puts paid to industry hopes of legalisation of almost all online casino products.

The bill will become law after the Governor-General signs the document in the days to come, ahead of likely implementation next month.

The broadest aims of the amendment bill, which were largely uncontested over nine months of parliamentary debate, serve to delineate regulated interactive gambling products and confirm prohibited ones such as “click to call” in-play betting.

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